The Nuggets have won sixteen at home, their longest streak in a decade. Additionally, they were on a nine-game hitting streak. But, without Nikola Jokic (hamstrings) and Michael Porter Jr. for the second straight game, Denver bit the dust against the even more surprising Thunder (101-99).
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (34 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists) scored a basket with a board 9 seconds after the end of the match. The Canadian leader lifted his team’s scales without trembling, but his compatriot Jamal Murray could not turn the buzzer to grab the extra time!
Before that, Jamal Murray planted from distance to get back to -1 in the final minute. But Kenrich Williams answered him for the title at the head of the racket. In this West matchup, it was a cool-headed Zeke Nnaji who leveled the shots before SGA’s deadly two-pointer with the boards…
It marks the seventh win in nine games for the Thunder, who continue to climb steadily in the Western Conference standings (currently in 11th place). With only Saturday’s loss at Sacramento, OKC continues to advance, while Denver (1st in the West) still holds a margin of second (Memphis).
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– Another “game winner” for SGA. This is becoming a (good) habit for Thunder: its leader takes care of everything in a crisis! Mark Daigneault has witnessed this many times this season, for example with the Blazers a month ago or the Wizards a month ago, and he can only be happy about it: “He knows how to handle these late game situations. The game slows down for him. He has great confidence and always plays at his own pace, even in very high pressure situations. »
– Michael Porter Jr. does not participate due to personal reasons. If Jokic’s absence was more or less “planned”, MPJ’s absence was announced at the last minute, blamed on a fatal car accident involving Porter’s brother Choba. University of Denver sophomore guard Joban Porter, who was arrested Sunday as part of the investigation, is now suspected of manslaughter and dangerous driving.
✅ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Already unstoppable this weekend in Sacramento, with 37 points on 70% shooting success, SGA gave the Rockies the cover last night. Unfazed by the height, the Thunder leader still carried his team offensively with 34 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, all on 13-of-21 shooting, 1-of-2 from distance and 7-of-8 shooting. The more shots, the more he wins. Still very clean!
✅ Kenrich Williams. It’s the perfect blue collar. Wanting to be Nick Collison 2.0 in Oklahoma City. Last night, Kenrich Williams was exemplary in versatility with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 25 minutes, including an all-important clutch shot, a nice 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
✅⛔️ Jamal Murray. Jamal Murray scored 26 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds. Unfortunately, he ran out of gas late in the game with only 1/5 3-pointers in the final quarter. His last attempt hit the first circle, a huge disappointment for the Canadian goalie.
⛔️ Aaron Gordon. Aaron Gordon looked a little lost in the absence of his snowshoe sidekick! While he finished with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, he lost a lot on 4/15 shots that weren’t worthy of the interior (and his print). Like his well-placed 6/13 shots…
Denver (25-22): travel to New Orleans on Tuesday.
Oklahoma City (23-24): Falcons host Trae Young on Wednesday (local round).